INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WISH) - Indiana is ready to resume the online portion of the ISTEP+ exams, but at only half of the normal test load.
The Indiana Department of Education issued a statement saying it's ready to resume the online tests Wednesday after two days of computer glitches , but it's asking schools to decrease their daily test load to 50 percent of normal levels until further notice.
Indianapolis Public Schools is suggesting schools not to test between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. because that is the peak time the testing will take place across the state.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz had ordered testing stopped Tuesday after some schools reported a second straight day of issues accessing the online portion.
The department says the resumption of testing is based on assurances by test vendor CTB McGraw Hill.
The department says it will work with schools to ensure they have the time they need to fairly administer the standardized proficiency tests.
According to an IPS release Wednesday, officials say completing the test by the new deadline will be a major challenge.
The district has more than 14,000 students taking the test in more than 50 schools with a finite number of computers. Further disruptions in testing may not give students enough time to complete the test, the release said.
The testing window for online testing has been extended by three days due to Monday and Tuesday's problems. Schools now have until May 15 to complete the testing.
The testing deadline for paper tests is still May 8 since it wasn't affected.
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